Little do you now, but today is an International Vegetarian Day. The initiative was launched back in 1977. Nowadays, various events are being held on the 1st day of October worldwide. These events are related to plant-base diet bringing awareness to the masses. The "month of awareness" will last until 1st of November - International Vegan Day.
So, what is a plant-based diet anyways? In a nutshell, plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits.
Most people associate plant-based diet with vegans or vegetarians only, however this diet suits absolutely everyone. And while vegans and vegetarians are enjoying fruits and vegetables by default, folks on a traditional diet, on the other hand, are hiding behind a wall of excuses which are stopping them from having more "greens". Here are our top 5 excuses we find most common in people:
Excuse #1: Stereotypes
We chose stereotype excuse as the top excuse and here is why. Stereotypes come either from ignorance (which is our second most common excuse) or from fear.
A person on a traditional diet or a person who eats junk food on a daily basis, which is even worse, has chronicle illnesses, "extra weight", bad health overall, and yet that person is fully certain that he is getting an excess of vitamins and minerals (read more about vitamins 101 here). He also believes these elements are even accumulating in the body. And as soon as that person ever starts thinking about going "green" or adding more plant-based products, fear starts dominating his conscious.
- "Will I get enough calories?"
- "Will I get all vitamins and minerals I need?"
- "Will I get enough protein for my muscles?"
- "What if I loose weight all of a sudden and won't be able to gain weight again anymore?"
- "Will I have enough energy?"
- "Will I have enough stamina?"
- "What if I get even worse?"
- "What if I am going to starve?"
"What if I am going to starve?" - this might be the tipping point. And we are not surprised why. In order to overcome fear of starvation one must learn nutrition basics and learn how does human digestive system work. One must understand that nutrition lies not in the quantity, but in quality of food. You could eat five different courses, yet not much will be digested. Or you could eat a banana or drink a smoothie and it will be digested fully. However, there is a catch - your intestines must be mucus free or at least as clean as possible (we will cover this topic in our future blog posts).
So the answer to that question - whether you are going to starve or not - is "no, you won't". If that was the case, though, all vegans and vegetarians would have been dead by now. Fear not. Try adding more greens, thus shifting to a more healthier diet.
Excuse #2: Ignorance
"Ignorance is a bliss" - we all know that saying, yet when it comes down to food we must not allow our ignorance to dictate us what we can and what we cannot consume. Sadly, most people had allowed their ignorance determine their diet habits.
Healthy food, if taken properly, can improve your health and overall wellbeing. In other words, one small increase in the amount of plant-based products in your diet can lead to various health benefits.
Excuse #3: Friends, Fools and Family
No one likes to be pointed fingers at. And that's basically why most people are still haven't gone plant-based. Once you say you are done with chicken (for example), an army of bullies rises out of no where telling you what to do. Sadly, that army is often represented either by family members or by friends. However, there are extra group of people who we shall call 'fools' - that type of representatives is the worst. They resemble Henny Penny, or Chicken Little, with their 'the sky is falling' idioms all the time.
Excuse #4: Delusion of Healthy Food
If you are on a traditional nutrition, chances of you thinking you are eating healthy food (which might not be the case at all) are quite high. Here is why.
Most people believe the food they consume is healthy and they will fight anyone who will try to prove them wrong. Sadly, these people do not pay attention to the origin and quality of their food (read more about this topic in our previous blog post here).
Providing them with information about food origin, production technologies, by-products, side effects etc. only won't have much effect though. The problem lies deep within the conscious and subconscious. Saying 'NO' to what you had used to consume, first of all, is a psychological issue. And in order to resolve that issue one must understand or realise that there is in fact an issue.
Excuse #5: I need to eat to stay alive
You have to realise one thing - the mind, not the stomach, must control your food habits. It is hard, especially when most people see food not as source of energy or nutrition, but as source of pleasure.
Most people do not know which minerals or vitamins their body really needs, and therefore consume everything in extreme quantities, which leads to obesity and other health related problems. Good news is that your body knows exactly what it needs and in what quantity. All you have to do is listen.
Changing food habits takes courage. It's a change. And change is always hard, but in the long-term it will definitely add more value to your wellbeing. We are not trying to force here anyone (who haven't gone plant-based) to change their nutrition habits at once, but rather educate about benefits of plant-based nutrition, which is very undervalued at the moment. As the old saying goes, "An apple a day, keeps doctor away".
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